26.06 - 10.08.2014

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Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Moscow City Department of Culture
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)

Co-organizer of the main project: Museum of Moscow

Curator: David Elliott

The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, one of the largest and most ambitious projects in the field of contemporary art, will be take place this summer for the fourth time. The Biennale combines the creative initiatives of artists of the new generation from Russia and abroad. Leading Moscow museums and centers of contemporary art, in collaboration with regional and foreign partners, have participated in the preparations for this event.



Museum of Moscow, 2 Zubovsky Boulevard
June 25 - August 10

3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted  for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. For the Main Project of the Biennale, Artistic Director David Elliott selected works by 83 authors from 32 countries.

David Elliott on the concept of A Time for Dreams:
“For this fourth edition of the International Biennale for Young Art in Moscow I have chosen the title
A Time for Dreams in acknowledgement of the chronic precariousness of our own times and the urgent need for the dreams and visions of younger and future generations to break the barrier of ‘things as they are’ to make things better. Europe has not seen a major war for nearly seventy years and although its present situation is far from hopeful and many conflicts still occur elsewhere in the world, we believe, perhaps foolishly, that morality and ethics will triumph.

Good art can reveal unexpected relationships and truths. It demands of the artist both a position  and a perspective on reality and the future: the ability to see, analyze and experience in order to dream. The dreams that these young artists express are of many kinds: utopian and nightmarish, cynical and hopeful, hot and cold, wet and dry, vulnerable and strong. But, above all, they are challenging and constructive. This also implies that, in order to make the space to create something better, sometimes they have to destroy that which is destructive itself.

A Time for Dreams was selected from over 3,000 art projects submitted on the Biennale website and includes the work of eighty three artists under the age of thirty five chosen from across the world. Half of them are women, and this reflects a long overdue development in the art world. As part of my curatorial work, I travelled extensively in Russia meeting artists and visiting studios and, of course, also relied on my past experience in encouraging artists to apply. Still, for me, there were many new discoveries in the works I found.

Focusing on both present and future, moving in time and space between concerns with microcosms and universes, this exhibition resounds in a polyphony of individual perspectives interwoven by different ideas of aesthetics and culture - as well as standards of ‘goodness.’ The dream of good art – however it is made and wherever it comes from – has to be rooted in truth, ethics and a belief in life.”



NCCA, 13 build. 2, Zoologicheskaya Street
June 25 - August 3

MMOMA, 17 Ermolaevsky Lane
June 25 - August 10

Tsvetnoy Central Market, 15 build. 1, Tsvetnoy Boulevard, 4th floor
June 25 - August 6

The Biennale program includes several Strategic Projects that will be on view at three exhibition venues. These are the exhibition halls of the Biennale organizers – National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), as well as a new spot on the Moscow map of contemporary art – Tsvetnoy Central Market. Seven Strategic Projects were selected by the curatorial group of the Biennale out of 67 applications received for the international competition of curatorial projects.

Members of the Biennale curatorial group: Andrey Egorov, Irina Gorlova, Karina Karaeva, Nadezhda Mindlin, Alexey Novoselov, Daria Pyrkina, Elena Yaichnikova.



To take part in the Special Program of the Biennale, several institutions were invited, which share the common goals of the Biennale, and work consistently and specifically with young artists, helping with their education, creative progress, and promotion. They are specialized schools and universities, museums and centers of contemporary art, exhibition venues and other institutions from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Perm, and other Russian cities. The program includes 16 Special Projects hosted by various exhibition venues in Moscow.



Collateral events of the Biennale are hosted by numerous exhibition venues in Moscow involved with young art.



The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.

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